Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

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PHYSICAL DETAILS & INSTALLATION

The Prolimatech Panther is composed of a copper base, 4 x 6 mm thick copper heatpipes, and 47 aluminum fins, all nickel-plated. By our measurements, the heatsink is 160 mm tall or 166 mm with a centered 120 mm fan installed. According to our digital scale, it weighs approximately 560 grams bare and 670 grams with the stock fan and clips mounted.


As the Panther is a tower with a uniform silver appearance it bears a resemblance to the Thermalright Ultra-120 except its fins aren't angled and its four heatpipes are arranged in a straight line.


The surface that contacts the fan measures 13.0 x 10.8 cm. The fins are approximately 0.53 mm thick on average, spaced 1.80 mm apart.


Most manufacturers place heatpipes behind one another to reduce impedance but this isn't as necessary as the air pushed by the fan has a shorter distance to travel. The fin-mass is only 50 mm thick.


The straight heatpipe alignment requires that the heatpipes be contorted near the base. We noticed some solder between the pipes and base but not much.


Like many of the best heatsinks, the base is slightly convex at the center to make optimum contact with the CPU heatspreader. The curvature of the surface is often more important than the amount of polish.


The stock fan is a 120 mm PWM model with red translucent blades and four LEDs.



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